13. mars 2010

Press Gang

A long awaited breakthrough may be about to occur on the streets of New York City. On Tuesday, The New York Law Department released a proposed revision to its press credentialing rules that decreed “online journalists will now be considered as 21st century journalists and be treated equally to print, television and radio journalists.”

This decision comes as a coda for a two-year old law suit initiated by three journalists who work exclusively online. The NYPD’s credentialing rules of the time required proof of employment by a “traditional” media outlet, i.e. a newspaper, magazine, radio station, or TV network. In lieu of that, freelancers could use six articles they had written that had required press clearance, though the obvious chicken-and-egg dilemma that situation presented was never resolved. Until now, that is (provide these proposed rules take effect).

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